Details on Excalibur can be found in the projects pages
To read a full description in the journal or buy a survey visit the Yorkies shop site.
Access to Excalibur is controlled via a CNCC permit system.

Any BCA-registered caving club can apply for a permit to visit the cave, and short notice requests can usually be accommodated. The need to control access derives from the cave being on a private shooting estate, which is also agriculturally active. Details of the access conditions and contact details for requesting a permit can be found on the CNCC website.

Wrelton Hole

Moorland Caver (2003)

Noted by Raymond Hayes: “A similar hole (i.e similar to the hole found at Swinsty Farm (q.v)) was reported from Wrelton (3 miles west of Pickering). This was filled up with thorns and rubbish, by a farmer, who had a horse almost engulfed in it many years ago. There was a short passage from the bottom. The hole was about the same dimensions as that at Pickering.”

The Well

Moorland Caver (2003)

NGR: SE 709873
Altitude: 50m
Length: 20m (explored)
Depth; 6m
Access: Ravenswick Estate
Grade: V
Entertainment Value: V

Located in the river Dove at the bottom of a field approximately 400m off the Keldholme to Hutton-Le-Hole road, almost directly bellow the quarry.
The entrance is covered with planks (replace) near the riverbank.
The Well shaft is stone lined and scaffolded down to the water level (-3m in the summer).
Dive -2m down, feet first, to a tight and awkward constriction, which might require a medium, sized diver to dekitt and a large diver to dive somewhere else. Once through the constriction, and heading down stream 2m, the narrow and as yet un-dived upstream passage is passed. Continuing downstream the passage assumes the ample proportions of 1m high and 2-3m wide for the next 20m and would have gone further if the diver hadn‘t been over come with brown fear.
This site is about 1km upstream and 10m higher than the entrance to Bogg Hall Rising and offers the potential for an awesome through trip and maybe some dry passage for a skinny double hard diver.

Examined by R. Wilsdon and N. Hannon in 1983, the good Mr Wilsdon noting at the time “There is no future there” – nice one Richard!
Pushed to present limit by J. Gibbs and S.C.C. members in the summer of 2000.



Extract From SCC Newsletter 20/12/1998

Written By R Wilsdon

Jerry has accumulated scaffolding tube, clamps and is keen to shore up the walls of the Well. Preliminary inspection of the Well by Gerry last summer revealed an underwater chamber that was big enough to sit up in. Andy and I had a look the following week. We didn’t find the chamber but were able to work our way down to the horizontal by backing along into the rift and were then able to see into a bedding plane. This carried a gentle current of clear water on the upstream side, with afew feet of bedding visible.

Troutsdale Windypit

Moorland Caver (2003)

NGR: SE 929879
Altitude: 220m
Length: 2.5m
Depth: 10m

During logging operations, a forestry tractor wheel broke into the rift, unfortunately, due to its location in the track, the hole had to be quickly surveyed and filled in. Whilst surveying, a farmer informed us of another hole that had opened up some years previously. It was 50m further along the track, along the same fault line and had been much larger. It was filled in at the time of discovery and sadly, no records were taken however this area could repay more attention and reveal its secrets. It is obviously much larger


Swinsty Farm Hole (Swainsea)

Moorland Caver (2003)
Examined by Raymond Hayes in 1943: “I was shown a peculiar hole in a field at Swinsty Farm 1 mile NW of Pickering. It was a circular pit about 12 or 15 feet wide and 10 feet deep. Passages leading off were blocked by earth. I was told it was an old watercourse and someone had explored one of the three passages but had to return because of foul air. The district is on rising limestone ground and to the east are extensive quarries which we examined for caves and found none.”